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Posted By: Don Firth
04-Apr-06 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Subject: RE: Classical music - what makes you listen?
In addition to the "modern" composers working with 12-tone scales and other experimental approaches, there are some darn fine recent composers out there who might be considered as following the mainstream of classical music, or whatever we're calling "serious" music these days. The ones I have in mind are mostly famous for writing movie music.

John Williams for "Star Wars, " "Superman," and others, for example. And he's written whole batches of other music.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He did scores for several Errol Flynn swashbucklers like "The Sea Hawk," "Captain Blood," and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (all fairly stirring stuff), but he has also written a lot of symphonies, violin concerti, piano sonatas, lotsa good things.

And then there's Alan Hovhaness. He's written a number of things, including his Symphony No. 50 (That's 50. Gives you an idea of how much he's written!), the "Mount St. Helens." It has this lovely pastoral sound, most of the way very evocative of a quiet, sunny, early summer Sunday morning. And then, when the mountain blows—the sound of the orchestra—you know it! Talk about goose-bumps!

By the way:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Philip Glass!

(You really have to be familiar with Philip Glass's music to get the humor of that).

Don Firth